A woman has been charged with the murder of Rotorua woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.
Police formally identified a body found in a forested area close to State Highway 38 near Murupara as that of Hoffman-Tamm on November 24.
Gwenda Leigh Sloane had originally been arrested and charged with common assault in connection to the case.
This was upgraded when the 44-year-old appeared in the Rotorua District Court today to a charge of murdering Hoffman-Tamm.
Sloane has been remanded in custody to reappear on December 12.
The 51-year-old was missing for more than two weeks. She was last seen on her bike leaving home in Phillip Street, Rotorua, on November 7 on the way to visit friends.
Her bike was found last month, at a separate location in Rotorua.